DVD region 2. Revolver.
genre cinema has always had a tendency to be rather mad, and in
recent years, the insanity has been deliberately ratcheted up
to new – albeit rather knowing – levels in films like
Machine Girl, Tokyo Gore Police,
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl and others,
piling on the gore, the excess and the humour, and in the process
finding a whole new audience.
Production company Sushi Typhoon – formed precisely to make
whacked out films like this, have certainly triumphed with AvN
– Alien vs Ninja, a non-stop collision of entertaining
lunacy that should have you cheering with approval.
Plot-wise, the title says it all – after a meteor containing
alien spawn lands, a small band of Ninjas find themselves battling
the most ridiculous looking monsters to grace the screen in some
time. After a surprise attack in which many of their number are
killed, the survivors track the surviving alien down, only to
also find themselves facing the reanimated zombies of their former
colleagues, brought back to life thanks to alien foetuses that
have crawled into their bodies!
There’s no subtlety here, thank God. Whether it’s
the very un-PC shots of the alien’s tail sliding between
sexy female ninja Mika Hijii’s legs, the creepily squelchy
alien babies, the crass humour, a level of wackiness that just
keeps increasing or the wonderfully cheesy rubber-suited monster
and hilariously dreadful CGI effects, this is spectacularly, relentlessly
good fun – less gory than some other OTT Japanese flicks
perhaps, but no less demented!
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